• Dr Sarah Francis
    Dr Sarah Francis
    Trainer | Researcher

    Dr Sarah Francis is a registered psychologist trained and experienced in mindfulness theory and practice. Sarah has qualifications in both psychology and education holding degrees of PhD., M.Psych., M.A., B.Ed., as well as a Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Sarah has worked as a teacher, human resources manager, general manager of learning and development, business consultant and psychologist. She is the author of Workplace Communication: A Teacher’s Guide (Pitman, 1993) and co-author of The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness‐integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Wiley, 2018).

    Sarah’s mindfulness training includes training in Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She has researched the measurement of mindfulness and completed her PhD researching the impact of mindfulness on well-being and the effectiveness of group-based MiCBT as a transdiagnostic intervention.

    Sarah regularly conducts MiCBT training courses for depression, anxiety and stress and conducts mindfulness training for health professionals, post-graduate students and corporate groups. Sarah is the Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group’s convenor and works closely with Dr Bruno Cayoun and the researcher and trainer group at the MiCBT Institute. Having attended many courses and teachings on Buddhism over the past 25 years and undertaken meditation retreats in Australia and Nepal, she is well equipped to integrate key aspects of eastern and western psychology.

    Sarah works in private practice in Melbourne.


06 Feb 2024 - 26 Mar 2024


Local Time Melbourne AU
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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  • Date: 06 Feb 2024 - 26 Mar 2024
  • Time: 2:00 am - 4:00 am




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Melbourne Mindfulness Institute
Melbourne Mindfulness Institute

The Melbourne Mindfulness Institute provides mindfulness training in a range of contexts enabling people to apply a mindfulness-based approach to daily life while improving their sense of well-being. Our approach uses Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT).

Mindfulness for Mental Health and Wellbeing
8-week group training

Mindfulness for Mental Health and Well-being

Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for depression, anxiety, and stress and to develop resilience and well-being

This eight-week program teaches mindfulness skills together with CBT to help modify the mental processes that cause us to feel “ill” at ease. Specifically, we work on fresh awareness of the thinking patterns and accompanying body sensations which arise and contribute to recurring stress, anxiety and depression, anger, chronic pain and attentional issues. The CBT elements enable participants to integrate and apply the skills to the troublesome issues of their lives. MiCBT is designed to address the underlying processes common to a wide range of psychological problems to improve psychological well-being and resilience, providing both short and long-term benefits.

MiCBT was developed by Dr. Bruno Cayoun and shares some similarities with Kabat Zinn’s MBSR and Segal, Teasdale and Williams MBCT programs.

However, MiCBT is designed as a transdiagnostic program and powerfully integrates mindfulness skills with cognitive and behavioural techniques to enable behaviour change. MiCBT has a strong emphasis on body awareness and “equanimity”(acceptance with non-reactivity) and the connection to thoughts and emotions/body sensations.

Mindfulness-based therapies have proven effective in many research studies over the last thirty years, and Dr Francis’s PhD research demonstrated the effectiveness of MiCBT in a recent randomised controlled trial in which significant improvements were gained and maintained over a 6-month period.

This program requires a commitment to daily home exercise practice of mindfulness skills.
Individual sessions may be made available to participants during the course where required.

TO REGISTER: please apply through the website: or call us on 0409 669 688 

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